CLINIC And ILW.COM
We are pleased to announce that we will shortly publish four books prepared by distinguished scholars from CLINIC - the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. The CLINIC network is quite possibly the largest immigration law service provider in the world. The CLINIC network employs about 600 attorneys and paralegals in over 250 offices and represents more than 100,000 immigrants each year. This large volume of cases gives CLINIC a perspective considerably broader than immigration law practices in the areas of immigration law typically handled by CLINIC, even esoteric cases become routine with a large volume. This broad perspective and large volume has resulted in CLINIC's developing tried-and-true methods of handling many types of immigration matters. ILW.COM is transforming CLINIC's internal training manuals into book form to enable immigration practitioners to learn from CLINIC's experience and knowledge and make available CLINIC's expertise to law firms serving immigrant communities. Work on these books is currently proceeding at a feverish pace, and we expect to ship these books very soon. For more information on the books, please see:
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Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. On Immigration Law
ILW.COM is pleased to announce a new seminar moderated by experts from CLINIC, focusing on family immigration, removal, and criminal matters. The deadline to sign up for "Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. On Immigration Law " is Tuesday, October 25th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/october2005.pdf.)
Politics Of Class And Corporations
Tom Barry writes about the strange bedfellows that immigration politics makes.
Yates Memo On PERM
USCIS Associate Director (Operations) William Yates issued a memo providing policy guidance regarding PERM's impact on (1) labor certification validity, (2) determining priority dates for I-140s, (3) duplicate labor cert requests and (4) adjudicating extensions of H-1B status beyond the 6th year.
Yates Memo On Schedule A
USCIS Associate Director (Operations) William Yates issued a memo revising the Adjudicator's Field Manual on Schedule A Group I or II petitions.
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Mr. Murray's letter (ID 10/14/05) suggests the necessity of a new amnesty, with draconian penalties for employers who hire undocumented aliens after the amnesty is finished. While his letter was probably exaggerating in suggesting chain gangs, I have no doubt his leterr was serious when suggesting a penalty of jail time for employers who hire illegal aliens. While this suggestion would probably impact on farmers who need such workers to bring in the crop or tend the fields, and for whom I would feel little except possibly wry humor, the more entertaining prospect would be the long line of upper class and working women going to the slammer because of their employment of illegal housekeepers and nannies. This conservative Congress will surely follow his letter's sage advice and provide the country with an endless supply of willing criminals for jail and/or chain gangs. Now, had his letter suggested that anyone hiring an illegal alien be drafted into the army and sent to fight the war on terror in Iraq, even the President might sign on to his letter's suggestion.
Charles A. Grutman
I was appalled to read Mimiís experiences as an illegal immigrant and, more specifically, about her statement that everyone in New York is illegal (ID 10/14/05). Well, Mimi, that is not correct. I am a legal immigrant in New York and so are the thousands of people that I, as a paralegal with a well-known immigration attorney, assist to secure lawful employment in the U.S. in fields such as the fine arts, fashion, publishing and entertainment. Mimi could have found an employer willing to petition on her behalf because she appears to have excellent credentials. Yes, that would have meant abiding to H-1B rules and the unfortunate H-1B cap. However, she could have saved herself all of her miseries if she had gone the route that thousands of qualified people from all over the world take every time. What Mimi has done is not excusable. It was her choice to come illegally and work under the table at sub-par wages. Moreover, the Ďsolutionsí she suggests for living the life of an illegal immigrant are highly suspect if not downright criminal. Mimi perhaps should realize that obtaining someone elseís information is identity theft and that is a crime. Marrying someone for the sole purpose of obtaining permanent residence is not only unlawful but morally reprehensible. I wonder if Mimi realizes what will happen to her once she approaches retirement age or when her choices will finally catch up to her.
Name Withheld By Request
I find the article "How To Be An Illegal Alien by Mimi In New York" (ID 10/14/05) utterly reprehensible and condemn ILW.COM for publishing ways for individuals to avoid the laws of the United States. It might be that we need immigration reform but tacitly condoning disrespect for the laws we have will do nothing to help those respect the laws Immigration reform might help. Perhaps Mimi might consider how she could address her situation within the structure of existing laws rather than flouting them. The laws may not be sometimes fair but they are the law. We as citizens and attorneys are duly bound to obey them and, if we disagree with them, to argue for change within the bounds of the democratic process. Mimiís procedure has no place in U.S. society and, if it were left to me, I would, if the law permitted, have her expeditiously removed from the United States.
William B. Ramsey
Harpers Ferry, WV
In response to Lourdes Bitanga's enquiry (ID 10/13/05), I hereby declare that for someone to take up arms against illegals in the USA, because this person assumes that they are draining the financial resources of this country, and to such largesse, he as a legal citizen is contributing taxes, is ridiculous, spiteful, and Downright repulsive. This nation was founded upon the principles that all who suffer, and need a place to survive, thrive, and live in freedom from oppression, can seek refuge herein. To do such injustice to people by snitching, is most despicable indeed! Om Shanti.
New York City
Mr. Anderson's letter (ID 10/11/05) is apparently of the opinion that all businesses or industries have a right to survive by whatever means necessary, even if it means that the taxpayers of the US end up subsidizing his business by providing social services for the cheap imported labor that business or industry apparently wants to hire. I would far rather see a business go overseas seeking cheap labor, than expect America to have Third World labor conditions, or to subsidize businesses which are not viable without it. In fact, a few years ago, I read a comment from a manufacturer of clothing in Los Angeles claiming with apparent pleasure that the market for labor there was turning into just that--Third World. Communities I've lived in where workers tried to keep businesses by lowering their wage and benefits packages ultimately lost those businesses anyway to countries such as Mexico (cars) and Guatemala (textiles). There is simply no way American workers can lower their wages enough to compete with Third World workers, and still afford to live above the poverty level in the U.S. What US workers can do, however, is to be productive and innovative enough to justify higher wages. Cheaper workers are not necessarily better or more productive workers.
You were right, seems that Nannies are Job Zone 3, good news, thanks (ID 08/19/05)
Brano Hruz, Esq.
Svetlana Schreiber & Associates, L.P.A.
As an employer of H2-A workers, I see two unique sides to the illigal immigration issue. Employing Anglos on the farm is becoming increasingly difficult and while my H2-A guys are great workers, the 2 month down time and the lack of permission to bring families along cause problems that in the work schedule and personal issues. My contemporaries in the livestock confinement industry rave about their Hispanic employees and I know that nearly all are illegal. The main issue, as I see it, is an unworkable H2-A or H2-B visa which desperately needs revamping to fit the needs of the employers and workers.
Many employee-based immigration applicants like me are eagerly awaiting news on anything relevant to our cases - whether good news or bad.
I check aila.org regularly, and see some headlines that would be very helpful to read (eg. PERM FAQ updates). Unfortunately they are restricted to members. If Immigration Daily could summarize the main issues outlined in these updates it would be greatly appreciated at this critical time when crucial decisions about staying on in the US must be made.
If we hate job outsourcing and we also want close our border and enact strict no nonsense immigration laws, are we ready for the consequences like higher products and services prices? I'm tired of those who complain about anything but don't want to accept the consequences of their choices. Please no more complaints and hypocricies here. Let's say no more welfare to any lazy US citizens, legal or illegal immigrants who are expecting free handouts from hardworking taxpayers for the sake of fairness. Why not make our immigration system based on what the market needs and skill and merit based instead of family based. We should screen people coming here based on how much they can benefit and contribute to the USA.
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